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Harrisonburg man pleads guilty to bilking investors out of more than $1 million

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HARRISONBURG, Virginia — A Harrisonburg man has pleaded guilty to charges of bilking more than $1 million from investors.

Paul Souder pleaded guilty on Wednesday to mail fraud and wire fraud in U.S. District Court in Harrisonburg.

U.S. Attorney Timothy J. Heaphy said Thursday in a news release that Souder used clients' money to pay his bills and buy new vehicles.

According to a statement of facts, Souder promised investors a return of up to 10 percent per quarter through online trading. He obtained money from at least 18 investors through a fraudulent promissory note program. He didn't report any losses incurred and used money obtained from new investors to pay profits to earlier investors.

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